The Main Street bakery is a tiny bake shop located in downtown aspen along the brick paved walkways. There is no room in the facility to eat, but there are a few picnic benches outstide. This place serves a great variety of pastries -- scones, rolls, and croissants. Among my favorite items on the menu is the warm ham and cheese croissant. The hot chocolate and coffe selection is pretty tasty too.
The 1776 is located in a strip mall just north of rehobeth on Route 1, beach side. The restaurant has an amazing selection of steaks, brought tableside for ordering. The many changes often, but my favorite is their filet mignon covered in crab imperial topped with bernaise sauce. Their crab soup is a unique cream soup combined with pumpkin, quite tasty.
The Embers restaurant is known is Ocean City as one of the many all-you-can-eat restaurants with seafood on the buffet. While I cannot say I have eaten most things that are offered, the best item on the buffet, the crab legs, are hot and plentiful. There is raw bar for those who wish to eat clams and oysters and a great selection of fish dishes. The fresh bread is great too, but tremendously filling. The buffet costs nearly $30 per person, so come prepared with an empty stomach.
PROS: crab legs
JR's is touted as the place for ribs in Ocean City. As a rib lover, if not a conesseur, I found the ribs to be fatty and not very flavorful. I also was unimpressed by the onion loaf appetizer. It was quite greasy and not at all crunchy. I would go elsewhere in Ocean City for ribs.
Our summer home is located on the beach at 78th street, just across the coastal highway from Bahama Mamas. We frequent this take out facility because the cream of crab soup is among the best we have ever eaten. We also have a fondness for the shrimp sub and the shrimp salad sandwich. The crab cakes are run of the mill. We have also used this restaurant for takeout blue crabs. They are always done to perfection.
PROS: crab soup, shrimp subs
CONS: crab cake sandwich
The Bayside skillet is the pink restaurant located bayside on the coastal highway. The establishment is large with ample seating inside and on a lovely deck facing the bay. It is known for its crepes chantilly with fresh strawberries, very yummy. The have an outstanding selection of omlettes and fritattas. We love the neptune (seafood) omlette and the crepes wilbur (pigs in a crepe). Our very favorite item on the menu is the fresh squeezed, and incredibly expensive, orange juice. The restaurant is very pricey, but well worth it when it the mood to splurge on breakfast.
PROS: chantilly crepes and neptune omlette
La Hacienda is located in a strip mall on the bay side of the coastal highway. It is easy to miss, but well worth trying to find. The guacamole is the best I have ever eaten in a restaurant. Our favorite appetizer is the crab flautas, tiny puff pastries filled with a mexican crab filling. They offer a wide variety of mexican with crab and shrimp fillings. Very appropriate for the beach settting. The fried ice cream is pretty good too.
This tiny restaurant has the biggest selection of pancakes of any restaurant I have eaten in. My husband loves the banana walnut variety, the kids opt for chocolate chip, both of which are standards on many breakfast menus. I personally favor the bacon pancakes. Tiny bacon pieces (not bits) are mixed in with the batter. These are outstanding. The outside dining is nice.
The peanut bar is a tiny bar/restaurant located 4 blocks from the city's performing arts district. The menu is ample with typical bar fare. The wings are great, and the reuben is my personal favorite. The have everything from burgers and sandwiches to fish and steak entrees. The desserts are pretty good too. What more needs to be said except that I love a place where peanut shells are tossed on the floor!